Berlin, the long-awaited hard fork on the blockchain of Ethereum, will be held in the middle of next April. This was confirmed by the project protocol support manager Beiko Team, in a post that was published on the company's blog.
The update should be activated on the mainnet at block 12.244.000, which should drop the 14th April. Since actual block production times may vary, the exact timing may eventually change, albeit not significantly.
Berlin: why is it so eagerly awaited?
Why is the Berlin update so eagerly awaited by the community and observers? The reason is mainly to be found in the fact that it proposes some extremely important objectives, for the subsequent growth of the network.
In particular, the hard fork aims to help it by optimizing the use of gas tariffs and mitigating the always possible Denial of Service (DoS) attacks.
Before being activated on the mainnet, the update will be active for the first time on testnet-Ropsten on March 10th, followed by Goerli and Rinkeby on 17 and 24 March respectively. Five EIPs were contained in the draft specification for the update, published in January, but only four of them were actually called upon to be part of the final version.
The update was originally scheduled for summer 2020
It should be emphasized that the wait for Berlin was raised by the delay in its implementation compared to the original road map. Which actually provided for the update in the summer months of 2020. Which could not be successful due to centralization problems deriving from the "critical dependency" on the Geth client.
Berlin it is an update of the current one blockchain proof-of-work by Ethereum 1.0 and comes after updates Istanbul e Muir Glacier, implemented in December 2019 and January 2020 respectively. It will be followed by another update, London, which should take place in July of the current year.
However, we are still in the field of the proof-of-work (PoW) consensus mechanism, which will then be replaced by the proof-of-stake (PoS) one. An event expected as a real milestone by the supporters of Ethereum.
Ethereum is forced to move from competitive activism
The Ethereum working group is practically forced to move and seek continuous improvements of its ecosystem. To recommend it in this sense is precisely the great activism highlighted by some of the competing projects. In particular from Cardano, the professors' cryptocurrency that has been growing for months not only in terms of market capitalization, but also in terms of reputation. So much so that it is now indicated as the main candidate for the role of Ethereum killer. That is the project which could go to fill the role currently occupied by the creation of Vitalik Buterin, in the context of decentralized finance.
A growth which is in turn based on continuous work aimed at making it more and more performing ADA. Also in this case by leveraging the proof-of-stake consensus mechanism, which is proving to be the real keystone for affirmation in that sector DeFi which in turn is in the midst of an impetuous growth. The project could take advantage of it, which will be able to convince the community of enthusiasts and investors on its actual goodness from a purely technical point of view.